Thursday, April 18, 2013

Goin' bananas over Yonanas!

The kids and I had a blast trying out our new Yonana Healthy Dessert Maker. I found this at SM Makati supermarket, strategically displayed near the banana stand at the fruit section. 

We froze some ripe bananas (as instructed) and excitedly put them into the Yonana Dessert Maker ... 

What we got was banana soft serve ice cream with a smooth and creamy consistency.. Perfect for summer! 

We had to eat it right away because the ice cream turns a bit slimy when it's fully melted. The bananas give the smooth and creamy base and the berries add texture. 

For our next batch, I want to try bananas with mangoes or pineapples. The trick is to use very ripe fruits for sweetness because we don't add any sugar. 

Yonanas lets kids and adults enjoy fruit in a fun new way! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

No ordinary cup of coffee ...

I haven't been this excited about coffee in a long time ... until I walked into Green Bean Organic Coffee located inside Manila Ocean Park. 

This hip looking coffee shop caught my attention when I passed by on our way to H2O Hotel. I liked the vibe of the place so I checked it out ...  

All it took was a few sips of their house brewed coffee (P80) and I was hooked. The brew was smooth, nutty and creamy without the sour / bitter aftertaste usually associated with brewed coffee. 

I asked the barista what makes their coffee taste so good and he told me that they only use freshly brewed USDA-certified organic Arabica beans (supplied by Irving Farms Coffee Co). They make each cup of brewed coffee with a specific amount of creamer and Muscovado sugar unless you prefer to have it black. He even showed me how they brew the coffee in small batches. 

I also ordered an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie (P50) to go with my coffee ... I was blown away because the cookie was to-die-for! This cookie had everything you could ask for in a cookie. I couldn't get enough of the moist, chewy, marshmallow-y texture with slivers of chocolate accenting each bite. Eating this cookie with the brewed coffee was an awesome combination!

My new favorite coffee place may not be as accessible as the other coffee giants but I would definitely go all the way to Manila Ocean Park just to have another cup of their brewed organic coffee and a piece of their heavenly oatmeal chocolate chip marshmallow cookie. 

I hope Green Bean opens a branch in Makati soon! :)